Monday, February 27, 2012
I don't recommend it for everyone, but it's sure helped jumpstart my weight loss again!! After over a year of being stuck fluctuating between 193 and 197 (up from a low of 166), I was depressed and having a hard time controlling my cravings, and woe and behold, if I ate ONE of my triggers, I could NOT STOP until either they were finished, or I was sick (fairly easy, as "dumping" is a side-effect of Gastric Bypass surgery). But that weight just crept on while I was sidelined and unable to exercise for what I call "The Year of Surgeries and Major Injuries". I spoke to the PA in my WLS surgeon's office, and like my PCP, she was concerned that I was suffering from an episode of clinical depression.... and at this point in time, I had to agree that might be true. So, I researched the anti-depressants that were least likely to be linked to Diabetes Type II and also to weight gain, and there was actually one which met both of those criteria IN ADDITION to being frequently prescribed to help people reduce cravings and control addictive behaviors.... both of which I can fall prey to. I began taking it almost a month ago, and I can't believe how helpful it's been in doing just that. I can now walk by they candy bowls, and although I might have a fleeting thought that it would be nice to have just one piece, I also recognize that "just one piece" is not an option for me - I have to think a little like an AA member - you can never have "just one drink"....
So, in one month, I'm down nearly 12 pounds, and it hasn't been really hard. Of course, I'm on a strictly controlled program as well.... I get either a protein snack or bar in the morning and in the evening, two protein shakes during the day, and a regular lunch with non-starchy vegetables. It works for me. I have some tasty protein snack choices from Bariatric Advantage's KetogenX program, and also "Better Balance Protein Snacks" from Max Muscle, in addition to the Atkins protein bars, and my own surgeon's FullBites snacks. My calorie intake right now hovers right around 850 or so, and I'm back at the gym exercising regularly. So, the weight is coming off. I guess 12 pounds in a month isn't bad, but I'd like to see at least 5 pounds a week....
But, my body will do what my body will do. One thing though.... and it's a non-scale victory.... months and months ago, I bought a pair of Gloria Vanderbilt "blingy" jeans in a size 12, and it must be a SMALL size 12.... because all my other 12's are getting too big, but these were still soo tight that I couldn't even get them close to being zipped. This morning - THEY ZIPPED!!! I'm so jazzed!
Blessed be my surgeon and his support staff! I love them and give all honor to them for giving me a second chance at life - at the age of 55. And now, at 58, I not getting older, I'm getting waaaay better!
Love to all,